1993 special edition

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  1. TheSeeker

    TheSeeker New Member!

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    Hi All

    I bought a Montego Black 1993 Special Edition at an auction. I'd done a little research as to what top condition ones were going for and set myself a limit accordingly which I just about kept to.

    Its in better condition than I thought. Its a bit dirty with 1 ding on the front and a couple of minor scratches on the back and some of the gold from one of the saddles has gone.

    A clean/restring and setup should make this a really nice guitar and I am torn between keeping it and selling it on. The only issue I have is that half the pickguard screw heads are rusty/badly oxidised.

    I could do with the opinion of people that know about these things as to whether replacing them would have an adverse effect on the guitars value.

    Thanks in advance !!

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  2. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That looks great! Congratulations on a nice score.

    Changing the screws won't really have an effect on the value, it's not a vintage guitar. When you change them, keep the old ones so you can include them if you sell it.
     
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  3. TheSeeker

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    Wow - thanks for the quick response. Makes a lot of sense.

    I'll probably make a decision after the setup.
    The frets look OK (if a little dirty), but if the truss rod and/or tuners need work, then flipping it will probably leave no profit in it.

    Its not the model I aspire to, but I do kinda love it !!
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have a soft spot for late 80's early 90's strats. Just cleaning it will probably go a long way if it's dirty. It'll make it easier to sell or it will make it ferl more like it's yours if you decide to keep it :)
     
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  5. balston11

    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have one of those in purple sparkle see pictures below. I paid £500 for mine in mint condition, last one sold on Ebay was a green one made £727 which is about right I think
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  6. Hari Seldon

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    I have/had (explanation below) one of those, in sunburst.

    The neck is great, as well as the texas special pickups.
    The rest not so much. This guitar has a fake alder body with veneer on top and back. I guess it's poplar or basswood, and multi piece.
    I found that it's veneer bevause the seams on front and back don't correspond.

    The tone was thin, and there were some dead spots on the neck because of the body resonance.

    The body shape is bit off, too, the upper horn is not nicely rounded, for example. Doesn't look elegant.
    The black finish covers the back contour to mask the multi piece body (in a real strat body this is transparent and you can see the grain).

    These are not really good guitars, there are too many details that only show cost saving.

    I reused the neck with other parts, now it's part of a great strat:

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    That cheap body of the '93 now is on a partscaster that I never use. The original trem is made from zinc parts and not great.

    Sorry to be negative, maybe your guitar is better than mine was.
     
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    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The body and neck were the same as the 93 standard strat poplar with alder veneer there's certainly nothing wrong with the body on mine.
     
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  8. Stratwrangler

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    Is that an official fender ad , they actually call it mother of toilet seat them selves lmao.
    Nice guitar but that would have to go think pearloid scratch plates are well ugly .
     
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    Yes official Fender advert
     
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    Thats well cool then but what an odd way to market it :D
     
  11. John C

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    Cool; never knew about those. I suppose they were UK or Europe only as I don't believe these were sold in the USA.
     
  12. balston11

    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    There are said to be only 400 made colours
    Montego Black, Vintage White, Candy Green, Frost Red, Burgundy Mist, Ocean Turquoise and Midnight Purple.
     
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    Beauty guitar - nice acquisition. I’m no expert, but I wouldn’t worry about replacing the screws - as others have said, hang on to the originals but new screws shouldn’t impact anything?
     
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    That's a beautiful 'blackie' with gold hardware, bet those are hard to find!
     
  15. Tone Guru

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    Highly doubtful.
    "Pearlised moto-seat scratch plate" is not an American phrase.
    An American, particularly a Californian, would more likely write "pearloid" and "pickguard".
    "Moto-seat" is something from a motorcycle. :confused:

    The copy is most likely written by the UK distributor, as noted at the bottom.
     
  16. Stratwrangler

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    Still funny that fenders UK distributors called it that , some one with as much disdain as I have for pearloid must have some how slipped it through.
     
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